Rider training

Over time we have attended a few courses in preparation for the trip. We have listed a few of the courses which we recommend to people looking to get into Adventure riding and travel.

St John Ambulance – Motorcycle First Aid
St John Ambulance run a 1 day Motocycle First Aid course designed for “first on the scene” first aid response. It’s fairly basic, but covers most aspects of first aid that you will need to know to assist someone while you wait for training medics to arrive. This course is highly recommended and it will provide you with confidence and peace of mind. Make sure you riding partner has been on this course too!

BikeSafe
Highly recommended for all motorcyclists, not just Adventure riders and very affordably priced. BikeSafe an initiative by the British Police Motorcyclists setup to reduce bike casualties.  The course starts will a presentation on hazard awareness. You then head out for a ride with an instructor for a assessment of your riding style.

Off Road Skills – Adventure maintenance
A one day course that provides basic skills and knowledge that will allow you to maintain your own bike when travelling. Instruction is split between routine maintenance, bike repairs and how to keep you moving to somewhere that you can make a permanent repair.

Off Road Skills – Off Road Training
We cannot recommend Off Road Skills more highly. Run by the legendary Simon Pavey at the 4000 acre Walters Arena in South Wales, this course is great for getting your off road riding up to scratch. We learnt more in a couple of hours at ORS that widely exceed our years of riding experience up to that point. By the end of the 2 days we could not believe what we were doing out there.

The course is extremely well run and a lot of thought has been put into the course structure. They start off with basic skills and bike control exercises, then you head out for a few rides throwing in the odd lesson or two along the way. The course covers stuff like handling steep accents and descents, bike recovery, etc.

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